Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Switching to Solar Energy

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Making the switch to solar energy for your home is a big decision. It pays to spend a little time and effort researching your solar options, whether it be how to finance your system, deciding which installer to hire or which size system to install. Avoiding the most common mistakes will help you through the process so that you can make the most of your investment.


How Much Can I Save with Solar Panels?

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

If you’re looking for an investment that will help to save you money as well as conserve fossil fuels, solar power is great option for many homeowners and businesses. With the continual drop in equipment prices, the advantages of solar energy just keep growing. Before undertaking such a project, you may be wondering how much can solar panels save exactly? Here are the basics.


Solar vs Wind Energy: Which is Right for Your Home?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re a homeowner weighing your renewable energy options, you already know that thorough research is the best way to find the right system for your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of residential wind vs. solar power so that you can make your decision with confidence.


Is Your Home Good for Solar? Find Out Now

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re starting to think about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (they might surprise you).


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What Is Renewable Energy and Why Should We Use It?

By Dan Chiras

Renewable energy is the way of the future. Understanding the history of renewable and fossil fuels helps us make wise choices about using renewable energy sources.


Choosing the Right-Sized Solar-Energy System for Your Home

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Choosing the right size solar photovoltaic system for your home depends on where you live, how much electricity you use, the specifications of your roof, as well as the policies in place at the state, municipal and utility level. By optimizing your system, you can make the most of your solar investment.


Solar Can Increase Your Home's Value: Here's How

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

You may have heard that installing a solar energy system on your roof can increase the value of your home – but by how much? Get past the sales pitch and understand exactly what solar companies mean when they say that your home value increases when you install solar.


Answers to Your Most Common Solar Energy Questions

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Solar energy is growing in popularity! But installing rooftop panels is a big investment, so homeowners naturally have a number of questions. By answering some of the most common questions, I hope to set your mind at ease and help you discover the many benefits of solar energy. Before long, you could be producing your own clean, green electricity.




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